Lord of the Clans: From Gladiator to Warchief

Hello everyone. Last time I told you that my next post would be about the only other Warcraft book I have read in a single day; which is Lord of the Clans also by Christie Golden. This review enters in my category of minor spoilers so while there will be a few, those that hadn’t read the book can read this easily enough. Let’s begin shall we?

Well, for starters, I found this book interesting one way or another in every page. Right from the start, it caught my attention immensely. Moreover, any fan of the Warcraft series will be able to relate to the book, and even those who aren’t should be able to pick it up and understand what’s going on. Obviously, someone who hasn’t played the games won’t be familiar with all the names and characters mentioned, but you don’t need to have a firm grasp on the Warcraft story-line to appreciate the actual book.

This book also provides the necessary background for everyone who didn’t understand what appeared to be an abrupt shift in the mind-set of the Horde during Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Yes, the New Horde under Thrall looked far more honorable than the previous incarnation but many wondered why. This book should clear up that question and more. There are also a few familiar faces from other books and from the Warcraft games, especially from the non-online games.

Also, this book is one of my favorite Warcraft books for many reasons. I love the themes, it provided the back-story for one of my favorite characters in-game, but mostly because this is the Warcraft book that has shocked me the most despite the fact it’s also the shortest one I have read. There were several parts where I literally gasped and my mind thought “no way, did that just happened?”.

Besides, if I wouldn’t know any better I would have said that Christie knew both Thrall and Blackmoore intimately because the way she wrote their characters so convincingly was next to perfect. And I can’t remember the last time a writer made me hate a book antagonist with a passion so much that near the end I really wanted Thrall to kill him.

Some readers think that the book was a bit predictable and to a degree it was but I believe it was an entertaining sort of predictable because I never got bored even though I did have an idea of where the plot was heading. Still, the parts of utter shock made me re-think that a few times.

Overall, the only flaw I can really spot in this book was that it was so good 278 pages seem too few in retrospective. As I have said, I finished it in a day and I wouldn’t have mind to take a week to finish it if there would have been more of such awesome a plot to entertain me.

Because this book is definitely one of my favorites and the other reasons listed above, I give it a solid A+.

Well, that’s it for now. Thank you very much for reading every one. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like my posts and until next time guys, see-ya!

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Christie Golden Delivers Yet Again

Hello everyone. So I decided to start this blog about reviews for some books I have read. My top priority at the moment is to post my reviews for some of the World of Warcraft novels as I love the mythology that Blizzard came up with and as a fan of the game myself I know that many players get confused when it comes to the background information of certain events and characters because, well, a lot of those stories are explained in the books. Keep in mind, however, that my reviews will involve my own personal opinions on the Warcraft novels and your opinions may be very different. The first books I will review will be those I have read of which I feel are great books to begin with if you have never read other Warcraft books but if you have read some books, just never read these ones in particular, I would still recommend them. Finally, I will post two reviews per book: the first one will be shorter and aimed toward an audience that already has some level of background knowledge because they played the game and/or simply wants to know a little bit of what the story is about without too many direct spoilers. In other words, the first one will contain spoilers but only on an overall minor scale. The second review will be posted later and it will be aimed for people that already read the book I am reviewing and wants to know my own detailed opinion. Now that these announcements are out of the way, let us begin this post.

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  As most players would know by now, the next expansion for the game coming up this year is going to be called Warlords of Draenor. This book does a great job to tie that in with the ending of the last expansion, Mists of Pandaria. As the title suggests, someone has committed war crimes and is getting a trial. That someone is Garrosh Hellscream, the former Warchief of the Horde who turned most of the world against him and who the players kicked out of the mantle of Warchief in the ending of Mists of Pandaria. Christie Golden did an amazing job and managed to put in pieces from eight different Warcraft books in order to explain, who was Garrosh? What has he done; especially that isn’t public knowledge? And who were directly affected by his warmongering ways? Of those eight books we get details from, some were written by Golden herself so she has an understanding of what worked well in the past to bring into this novel. The scenes from the ones that weren’t written by her are still portrayed well enough and either way this must have been a huge literary task. Because of all these past references and so many major characters from the game making appearances I would argue War Crimes is currently one of the best books to start reading the Warcraft novels and for those who already read the content of some of the books referenced here it can be even more enjoyable as you read how those epic scenes from previous books relate to the current plotline. For those who loved Pandaria’s legendary questline, Wrathion’s scenes alone may be enough motivation to start reading as many things regarding his character become clear. As for Jaina, the questions that may have been confusing you since she cease being a pacifist are very well explained in this book, as is a hint of her immediate future. And for those who love Sylvanas for whatever reason, there is a big trigger for character development in the book along with something fans have waited for a while now. Can’t say what it is without spoiling but let’s just say that a long awaited meeting takes place in the book. Overall, I give this book an A- mostly because while I really enjoyed almost everything I feel like they wasted said long awaited meeting. Well, this is it for my non-spoiler review. Hope I grabbed your attention because that book is absolutely awesome and well worth your time and money; not to mention it’s one of the only two Warcraft books I started and finished on the same day. For those who already read the book, my review where I will discuss my top five parts of War Crimes will be posted soon enough. Thank you very much for reading everyone. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like this post and until next time guys, see-ya!